Russell launched sports policy

COLCHESTER MP Bob Russell launched the Liberal Democrats' new party policy on sport – Personal Best – at the Bournemouth conference.Mr Russell pointed out that of the three main parties, only the Lib Dems were holding a full platform debate on sport.

COLCHESTER MP Bob Russell launched the Liberal Democrats' new party policy on sport – Personal Best – at the Bournemouth conference.

Mr Russell pointed out that of the three main parties, only the Lib Dems were holding a full platform debate on sport.

"It is visible evidence that for millions of sportsmen and women around Britain – and those involved in promoting sport, particularly among our young people – it is only the Lib Dems who see sport as a major part of our national life.

"It is astonishing that sport is being given such a low profile by the two other parties, particularly in an Olympic year when Britain did well, but not well enough."


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A policy review in the party to promote a fitter and healthier nation had produced a policy document called Personal Best.

Mr Russell added: "It cannot be the last word. Sport evolves. Our policies must evolve accordingly.

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"But it does provide us with a framework on which to build, to encourage greater sporting participation not only for the grass roots, not only in schools, not only for elite sportsmen and women, but for everybody."

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